We have a few long reviews, too long for posts anyway. Cafe Neandertal, by Beebe Bahrami, is about a dig in France uncovering Neandertal (or Neanderthal) bones. Those were our ancestors who came before homo sapiens, and Cafe Neandertal is unlike any other book you’ll read on paleoanthropology. Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom, is about artificial intelligence and machine learning, a rather dire book, but fascinating. Ada’s Algorithm is about Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, the young woman who wrote the world’s first computer program. Click on the book titles to see the reviews.
By the way, you’ll notice that those scribes are working on pages, not on long scrolls. Writing on pages and then gathering those pages into books was the new technology of the Middle Ages. The newly invented book gave readers the amazing opportunity of going from the beginning of a text to the middle or the end or to anyplace in between just by turning a few pages! No more having to unwind a long scroll and then rewind it back. Furthermore, the pages were flat, never rolled up, so you could paint gorgeous colored illuminations on the page. It was wonderful. What will they think of next!